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By Henry Butterfield Ryan

Dr Ryan's cutting edge learn demonstrates with nice readability the significance of the decline of British strength within the construction of the chilly warfare. the writer matters to distinct research the concerted makes an attempt made by way of the British wartime coalition to forge a perpetual merger with the us in overseas affairs to arrest this worldwide decline. He unearths the origins of this coverage, the good efforts made in the direction of its realisation, and the final word impossibility of its goals. Dr Ryan makes use of the Polish and Greek crises of the mid-I940s as case histories to illustrate his thesis that either the Churchill and Attlee governments known the necessity for the yankee connection and to supply examples of the way they set approximately acquiring it.

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The Committee, however, warned that large numbers of descendants of Irish and German immigrants were 'anti-British', and that they totalled an estimated 25% of the American population. 58 The well-known feelings of Roosevelt and many of his advisers that colonial areas should be given independence re-emerged during Eden's visit to Washington in 1943, although the Foreign Secretary's unsympathetic reaction led Hopkins to predict that ' the British are going to be pretty sticky about their former possessions in the Far East'.

50 Even before the conferences, as early as June 1943, Churchill suspected that there might be trouble in Paradise for he had heard from Averell Harriman, then Roosevelt's special representative in London on Lend-Lease matters, the distressing news that the President planned to meet Stalin in Alaska a deux. 51 He had not suggested conferring alone with Stalin, Roosevelt explained. 52 Weak, one might think, as did Churchill. All Roosevelt had assured him was that, although a meeting alone with Stalin was planned, it was not at his suggestion.

The problem was to convince Americans of this. His Majesty's Government felt that Americans also needed convincing that Great Britain was, in Bracken's words, ' one of the greatest and most progressive industrial nations in the world'. 25 In mid-1943 it said that the aim of its publicity in the United States was ' to maintain before the public a clear picture of the British, both in their war effort and in their domestic affairs, as an advanced society of democratic peoples and an ally whose strength will be no less vital in the peace to come than it is in the partnership of war'.

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